Linguists are well catered for by visits to France, Spain, Germany, Russia and Cuba; art historians have enjoyed the galleries of Barcelona, Paris, New York and Venice; skiers have experienced the slopes in Vermont and the French Alps; rock-climbers have ascended the mountains of Skye, Corsica and Norway; and geographers have appreciated the landscapes of Morocco, Iceland, China and Jordan.
We also make the most of our own nation’s beauty, history and heritage with excursions to a number of locations within the UK. In particular we are very fortunate to have School House in Alston, Cumbria, which serves as a base for a number of outdoor activity trips across the northern Pennines. All Year 9 boys visit Alston for a five-day stay in house groups, together with their Housemaster and House Tutor, as a way of building community. In addition to exploring the fells of the Lake District and visiting historical sites such as Corbridge Roman Museum, Hadrian’s Wall, or the old lead mine on Alston Moor, pupils also enjoy the chance to cook and socialise together in a non-school environment.
Whether the expeditions involve crossing a county border or crossing an ocean, we find that Westminster pupils always gain new insights into themselves and the world around them as a result of these trips, as well as a greater understanding of and appreciation for whichever subject or hobby may have taken them there.